‘The Material City’ Book Launch
media release 12.02.19

‘The Material City’ Book Launch

AJ+C recently attended Brickworks for the launch of ‘The Material City’ by Ron Ringer. The book explores urban densification and the themes of old/new, adaptation, building density, apartment sizes, affordability, transport and connectivity through the work of 50 leading Australian architects.

AJ+C’s WAF shortlisted project Urbanest Darling Square 1 features as a case study. Conceived as being part of the ‘city wall’ in the new Darling Harbour precinct; the design of the western elevation facing Ultimo has a thick wall with deep set openings honoring the robust masonry forms of the Powerhouse Museum and old wool stores in Ultimo. The eastern elevation facing the city and harbour beyond, uses glazing and faceted metal panels that reflect the rippling effect of wave patterns on the harbour.

The case studies are followed by a collection of “Michael’s essays” exploring the urban condition, including AJ+C Principal Michael Heenan’s ‘Growing Sydney’, which examines Sydney’s major densification issues and offers some ideas on how to address them.

Click here to view the Urbanest Darling Square 1 case study and Michael Heenan’s essay

AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival
media release 1.11.18

AJ+C shortlisted for three awards at World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF)* has announced that Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has been shortlisted in three award categories this year. The WAF will be held in Amsterdam from 28 – 30 November 2018 featuring over 530 competing projects from 57 countries.

The AJ+C category finalists are:

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Large Scale Housing (Completed Buildings)

The design for Urbanest Darling Square in Haymarket brings a contemporary context to an historic warehouse area, forming a transition between the old and new parts of the city. The building provides student accommodation.

Urbanest Darling Square, Haymarket – Innovative Use of Colour (the theme of the 2018 WAF awards)

The western façade colours of this building were inspired by the original warehouse brickwork of historic Ultimo with the eastern façade relating to the CBD evoking the shimmering effect of Sydney harbour.

Kiama House, – Villa (Completed Buildings)

Designed as the main residence on a 20-hectare horse stud farm, the project comprises a series of pavilions located in the coastal landscape of the Illawarra. Sited high on a North East facing hillside, the house takes advantage of solar access, cross ventilation and the extensive panoramic views.

For the tenth year running AJ+C director Michael Heenan has been appointed to the WAF judging panel and accompanying him to the event will be the largest AJ+C delegation to ever attend these prestigious awards.

“At the heart of the culture at AJ+C is our belief in the importance of building a cohesive and inclusive team, from our junior designers through to senior architects,” said Heenan.

In 2017 AJ+C’s Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme won both the WAF Future Project Master-planning award and the World Future Project of the Year.

For more information on the WAF Awards visit worldarchitecturefestival.com

* The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists plus global networking and an international product exhibition.

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact:

Dimity Pinto Dimity@fredcommunications.com.au 0412 164 333

Promotions at AJ+C
media release 10.07.18

Promotions at AJ+C

AJ+C is pleased to announce the promotion of 11 of our talented people, including seven new Associates and Senior Associates. These promotions are a recognition of the high performance of these individuals and promote our active commitment to achieving greater diversity within our senior leadership roles. Four of our seven new Associates are women.

We are committed to developing and recognising great talent within AJ+C, and building the pipeline of future leaders. We thank all our promoted staff for their outstanding performance, design excellence and contributions to the business.

We look forward to their continued involvement in the future of our practice and the profession.

Michael Heenan + Peter Ireland

Social Media

news 1.03.18
WINNER in the World Architecture News Awards

AJ+C was announced as the WINNER in the World Architecture News Awards for the Sport in Architecture category in London last night !!


Congratulations to our fantastic project team for their dedication and hard work on the award winning Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School.

Aneta Tshuva, Mark Louw, Michael Heenan, Dua Green, Michael Jones and John Gunnell

news 30.01.18
Abbotsleigh Multi-purpose Sports Hall shortlisted World Architecture News Awards (WAN)

We are thrilled to see Abbotsleigh Multi-purpose Sports Hall shortlisted for the @worldarchitecturenews Awards for ‘Sport in Architecture’

news 19.11.17
Michael Heenan with Norman Foster after winning WAF

Norman Foster congratulates Michael Heenan after AJ+C and NH’s Sydney Fish Markets reference scheme named World Future Project of the Year from all categories at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin supported by ABB & Busch-Jaeger